If you want to know what it's really like to work at SIG, see what our graduates have to say...
What attracted you to SIG?
Career progression was one of the most important factors for me when it came to job hunting and SIG, as a FTSE 250 company and market leader in the construction industry, presented a clear path to achieve my career goals, both short and long term. It was clear from the beginning that SIG places a large focus on the individuals within the company and therefore the training and development of these individuals is seen as vitally important. This was a major factor which attracted me to SIG as I am keen to continue the developing and learning process I started during my time at university.
How do you think SIG’s graduate programme will help your future career?
The graduate programme provides an opportunity to move around the business, meet key stakeholders and develop a solid contact base that will be invaluable when moving forward in my career. Additionally, through undertaking various placements during the programme and spending time learning the SIG brands, I have developed a core knowledge of our products and customers. Given the importance of relationships within the construction industry, I feel that these elements are the most important components that a graduate can take from the experience.
Tell us about a typical day in your role
My role is hugely varied and above all, international. My remit differs during the two years due to changing countries, departments and projects. In Paris, on my first rotation, I was involved in the procurement initiative to achieve savings for the French and English operations. I was supporting various projects, which meant that my daily activities changed day to day; I was analysing new market opportunities as well as different supplier propositions to ensure that SIG is leveraging the best procurement opportunities on a European level for diverse products. SIG is currently seeking to work stronger together to exploit Group synergies. The graduate programme enables me to be a part of this change and to get an understanding of the Group’s main countries and market sectors. The chance to live and work in different countries is a great starting point for a career within the SIG Group.
What advice would you give to someone considering applying for a graduate role in SIG?
If you are ambitious, pro-active, interested in working internationally, and want a challenge, apply for a graduate position in SIG! Be prepared to travel and get involved in new projects as this experience of different cultures and ways of working is enriching on both a personal and professional level and will undoubtedly support your future development.
What’s the best part of your job?
I think that the best part of my job is the training I receive. I spent the first two months working in different branches and parts of the business including roofing, insulation and technical insulation, and production. These periods gave me a great opportunity to understand how the company works. I enjoy my role in SIG because every week brings something new and interesting. My tasks evolve and that is challenging. I also have the chance to gain experience in different areas such as Business Development, Product Management and Category Analysis. Working abroad, is also a key part of this programme and something I really enjoy.